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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Game Notes

March 5, 2009

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Team Notes • Clemson is now 29-29 all-time in ACC Tournament play. • Clemson became the first #12 seed to win a game in the conference tournament since the ACC expanded to 12 teams for the 2005-06 season. • With the Lady Tigers’ win over Georgia Tech, they advanced to the second round of action in the ACC Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1998 and 1999. Last year, Clemson defeated NC State, 65-60, in overtime on the first day of play. • Clemson will face fourth-seeded North Carolina in the quarterfinals for the second straight season. The Tar Heels won last year’s game by a 97-77 margin en route to the ACC title. • The Lady Tigers were 18-19 from the free throw line to tie the second-best percentage in school history. Clemson was also 18-19 against Tennessee on Jan. 21, 1982. The best night was a 20-21 performance against Wake Forest during the 2005-06 season. • Five players scored in double figures in Thursday’s game (Pauldo-23; Taylor-12; Hardy-10; Parker-10; Thomas-10), the first time the Lady Tigers have had five hit double digits since their win over NC State in the first round of the 2008 ACC Tournament. • Clemson’s 81 points were the most since an 85-60 win over Charleston Southern on Jan. 20 and were the most scored against an ACC team this season.

Individual Notes • Shaniqua Pauldo had a career day on Thursday. After earning her first starting assignment, the freshman from Macon, GA turned in a 23-point performance to score in double figures for just the second time this season. She matched her personal best with seven rebounds as well. • Pauldo’s 23 points were the most for a freshman in an ACC Tournament game since before the 1991-92 season. • Lele Hardy tied a school record with seven steals against Georgia Tech. The mark matched Ramona O’Neal’s seven against Duke in the 1988 event for the most in an ACC Tournament game. • With the seven steals, Hardy now has 101 for the season, second-most in a single season for a Clemson player. • The seven steals tied for second-most in an ACC Tournament game by a player from any school. The conference record for steals in a two-game stint in the tournament is 10 by four players, including Hardy who had 10 in 2008. • Senior Tasha Taylor’s nine assists were the most for her this season. She had tallied six in four previous games.

Updated Notes • Friday’s game will be Clemson’s 10th on television this season, which is the most since the Lady Tigers played 11 games on TV during the 2002-03 season. Clemson is 2-7 in those games this year. • Head Coach Cristy McKinney used her 15th different starting line-up on Thursday with the 11th different player earning the assignment. • Assistant Coach Saudia Roundtree did not make the trip due to medical reasons. • Lele Hardy moved into 16th place on the career scoring chart with 10 points on Thursday. The junior now has 1,115 for her career. • Hardy’s seven steals put her within three of tying Ramona O’Neal for second place on the career steals list with 283. • The Lady Tigers will face fourth-seeded North Carolina on Friday for the 13th match-up between the two schools in history at the ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels have won the past two meetings, including last year’s 97-77 win in the quarterfinals. • North Carolina has won the last 14 games overall in the series and holds a 46-26 all-time advantage. The Tar Heels defeated the Lady Tigers, 83-74, on Jan. 8 in the teams’ only meeting during the 2008-09 season. Clemson’s last win was at the 2001 ACC Tournament when the Lady Tigers defeated North Carolina, 75-57. • The Lady Tigers overcame a 12-point deficit against the Tar Heels to take a 65-64 lead with 5:03 remaining before North Carolina ended the game on a 19-10 run.